As movers were outside Highland Park Village’s Balenciaga, the Equest Women’s Auxiliary “Back In The Saddle” Fashion Show and Lunch guests were heading straight to Etro Tuesday late afternoon for the kick-off reception.
As guests like Elsa Norwood, Tiffany Divis, Emilynn Wilson, Nancy Bierman, Carol Huckin, Christine Vollmer, Vicky Lattner, Dawn Briggs and Lauren McHenry walked into the store, it was the Etro collection getting attention. It had a different lively, casual chic feel from years past. One guest said, “It’s as if Etro and Ralph Lauren had gotten together.”
The look plus the 10% of the evening’s sales going to Equest had guests doing more than just checking out the merchandise.
Before the program started and in between eyeballing the clothes, guests played catch-up. Looking relieved, designer Patti Flowers reported that she had not only survived the months of pandemic, she had kept her studio and staff working.
On the other hand, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball Chair Venise Stuart, who had just walked over from the Dallas Museum of Art League’s happy hour at Bistro 31 Lounge, admitted that due to the cancellation of the 2021 Presentation Ball, the 2022 crop of debs had resulted in 49 debs. That means almost 100 debs and honor guards will be on stage at the Meyerson.
Regarding the upcoming Equest Gala celebrating Equest’s 40th anniversary on Saturday, June 5, at Texas Horse Park, Angie Kadesky reported that she would be attending with Auxiliary Founder Louise Griffeth.
About a half hour into the party, the mother/daughter team of Fashion Show Chair Beth Layton and Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Katie Layton reported that Jan Strimple would be producing the show featuring clothes from HPV’s Akris, Carolina Herrera, Etro, Lela Rose, Jimmy Choo, Roller Rabbit, St. John and Veronica Beard.
They added a shout-out that they needed some help in signing up kids for the show. Their goal was to have moms and daughters/grandmoms and granddaughters onstage at Brook Hollow Golf Club on Tuesday, October 5.
Arriving right on cue was Equest CEO Lili Kellogg, who thanked the Auxiliary for their support over the years. Her next stop of the day was the Equest board meeting. Hint to the Layton ladies: Lili has a granddaughter who might look adorable on the runway in Roller Rabbit clothes.